Monday, 23 January 2012

Gallery Project.

My first project of second year Decorative Arts was to produce a series or collection of work that could be sold in a craft gallery, also looking at market research, pricing, sketchbook development, sampling and promotional materials.
Back from a crazy summer working in an American camp and then travelling round the USA, I decided to develop a body of work exploring the abandoned buildings I had seen in many of the cities I visited, especially Detroit and Pittsburgh.
Whilst developing this idea, I found that I was interested in the memories held in abandoned buildings, untold stories, forgotten lives.
Using metal to communicate these feelings, I created an abandoned desk installation with metal pen holders, knitted wire in frames, an embroidered and dyed tablecloth and a lino printed notebook.

Although I enjoyed being able to explore a theme and became really interested in telling a story, I struggled with the making of this project. I am pleased with my knitted wire in frames, and also my mokume-gane metal strip (metal soldered together and then filed away to show layers) which took an unbelievably long time to actually make. But I think I would like to explore using more textiles and ceramics in future work, as I find metal a hard object to work with, especially finding ways of using it when not creating jewellery.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

First Year.

I thought I would start my blog by sharing some of my work from the first year of my course. We had the opportunity to try working with a variety of materials, by doing a 4 week workshop in each (2 days every week) where we were taught the techniques used. We were given time to experiment and then expected to produce an object or piece using the new material, demonstrating the skills we had learnt. We also needed to keep a sketchbook for each material, containing drawings, inspiration and design ideas, as well as a separate technical file and critical journal.

I really enjoyed my first year, I learnt a lot of techniques, especially as I never did an Art foundation course. It was difficult to create work in such a short time, but looking back, although I didn't get the chance to develop themes in my work, I had the opportunity to experiment with all the materials, and will continue to explore some of these into second year, alongside incorporating themes within my work.